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Why is it important to study history?explain your answer. 

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tzh9696 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 18, 2009 at 11:27 PM via web

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Why is it important to study history?

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hermy27 | Student, College Senior | Salutatorian

Posted August 12, 2014 at 1:43 AM (Answer #15)

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One of the greatest benefits of studying history is that it allows us a chance to learn about who we came from.  The people of the past are those who came before us, and it is interesting to see how some of the thoughts, attitudes, and practices of today can differ so drastically from those throughout history.  On the other side of that coin, it can be fun to learn about ideas that began 100 years ago that are still a modern day issue.  An example of this would be to look back at the suffragettes of the early 20th century who paved the way for the modern day equal rights movement.  They were fighting to make sure that women could be treated as equal citizens of our country, including the right to vote, own property, or hold credit.  In fact, it wasn't until the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974 that women were allowed to possess a credit card in their own names (not attached to a father or husband's account).  The equal rights movement is still a current hot topic 100 years later.

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mapriem | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 22, 2009 at 4:37 PM (Answer #2)

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It is important to study history so one may learn about past human behavior that is relevant to the intellectual growth and development of an individual.  Studying the events of the past give us an understanding of how the world came to be, not only in your world but around the world including all cultures of people as well as nature. By learning about the causes and effects of events in history, people can learn better ways to deal with conflict among nations and individuals. Studying the history of environmental changes can enhance a healthier lifestyle for mankind, as well as prevent the extinction of plants and animals, which could disturb our ecosystems.  Although human behavior is unpredictable at times, a better understanding through the study of history, can provide valuable insight for our future generations.

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jillyfish | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted January 22, 2009 at 4:37 PM (Answer #3)

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Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted January 22, 2009 at 4:37 PM (Answer #4)

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I believe the single most important reason to study history is that history teaches us to 'think'. Whether it is American, European, military, art, ancient, modern, religious, archaeological, etc. history enables us to contemplate the experiences that came before us. It is true that history is the record of our past, however I think history is more than time and place. History allows us to 'think' about the greatest question humanity has ever asked.....WHY? Finish the question any way you want. Studying history allows humanity to look at its own reflection. We can embrace the reflection (good and bad ) and be stronger for it, or turn away from our reflection denying we ever existed at all. Which perspective do you THINK humanity has a better chance of survival with?????

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inaamethyst | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 11, 2009 at 3:39 AM (Answer #5)

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I'd like to share my opinion for the question why is it important to study history.

It is important to study history

-It keeps us aware on how our ancestors lived during their time, on how they managed their living.During their time,there's no any machines that they can use like us now.

-It gives us information on how a person came to be,or how a thing started.

-If we do not have history,our mind will be conscious on how God created us,how did our nation came to be,or what's the reason of God why He created us,why are we here now?

Those questions and so many more are not going to be answered without history. 

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epollock | Valedictorian

Posted June 11, 2009 at 6:13 AM (Answer #6)

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The most obvious reason is so that we don't make the same mistakes in the past and are able to avoid them by choosing more postive courses of action. It is almost as if we are doomed to destroy ourselves.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 23, 2011 at 12:50 PM (Answer #7)

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The main reason to study history is so that you find out all of the facts for yourself. If you don't study history, you won't know when someone is misleading you. People always have their own version of the facts. It's important that you know for yourself.
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Yojana_Thapa | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted January 25, 2014 at 8:42 PM (Answer #8)

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It is crucial to study history because history is the answer for how this world came to be. History teaches us lessons learned from previous mistakes. It teaches us what this country should do and shouldn't do. Because we know the consequences already. This says it all, "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it".

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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM (Answer #9)

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It allows for people to thunk and question whether one's culture's actions ethical,  moral etc.

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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 31, 2014 at 8:23 AM (Answer #10)

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Sorry it is think and question.

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acompanioninthetardis | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted May 28, 2014 at 1:47 AM (Answer #11)

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History teaches us to learn from our mistakes and past experiences. it allows us to avoid making the same mistakes over and over again. 

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laurto | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted May 31, 2014 at 7:25 PM (Answer #12)

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History is really important because it helps us understand why we live the way we are living and why we are where we are as a species and country. Studying history allow to learn from the mistakes of our ancestors so we do not do the same things they did and work to become a better place. It allows us from repeating the same mistakes and allows us to avoid worse results than those seen in the past. 

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Wiggin42 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted June 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM (Answer #13)

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Whether to study History or not is not a question at all. As a human we should know or have a curiosity to who was our ancestors? How did they live? what did they do in this world? It reveals not only our past but how we can design our future in a better way. There are valuable lessons in analyzing our past to figure out the future outcome without paying a huge price for it.

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kevin0001 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted August 11, 2014 at 1:05 AM (Answer #14)

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It is important to study history because you would get to learn about our world and it's past. History can show you a lot about past human civilization, successes in the past, great ancestors, failures and disasters, and so much more about the past. You would be more aware about the world and much smarter if you learned about history. If you don't learn about history you might repeat the past mistakes in history.

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